Spanish guard Juan Carlos Navarro was again the best player in Europe in 2011
German power forward Dirk Nowitzki was voted the best European player in 2011
Serbian coach of Panathinaikos, Zeljko Obradovic was selected Coach of the Year 2011
Traditionally at the end of each year Eurobasket announces the European
awards for the last year.
It's the 10th such ranking prepared by Eurobasket.com staff. Eurobasket
has a network of almost 300 correspondents, while most of them are
located in Europe and participated in preparing the ranking below.
We have the policy of not involving the fans as it may influence the
final ranking and instead of that we rely on the opinions of experts.
The votes were made in two categories: All-Europe and All-Europeans.
All-Europe ranking applies to the players, who played in European
leagues in last (10-11) and this (11-12) season, so it may apply also to
non-European players, who played as imports in Europe.
All-Europeans category applies only to Europeans, but also these, who
played overseas (mostly in NBA).
Similarly like last year, for All-Europe, votes were dominated by
Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80),
shooting guard of Regal Barcelona which helped Spanish National Team in
winning European Championships in Lithuania. He was also named the Most
Valuable Player of the tournament. Navarro's most impressive performance
was in the semifinal against Macedonia, where La Bomba 35 points.
La Bomba Navarro won the Player of the Year award for the third
consecutive year and his also in the 1st Team for the sixth time (05,
06, 08, 09, 10).
Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) was
voted for the best point guard of the year. The Greek superstar was a
key player for Panathinaikos which won last Euroleague Final Four in
Barcelona. He earned Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Player and Guard of
the Year awards for the 2010/2011 season.
Shooting Guard of the Year is also the MVP, as mentioned above,
Juan Carlos Navarro.
Chuck Eidson (202-F/G-80) won the title
for the best small forward in Europe. American player spent last season
at Maccabi Tel-Aviv. He was one of the best players for Israeli
powerhouse which earned antoher Isreali League Championship. They also,
surprisingly, reached Euroleague Final where they where beaten by
Power forward of the year award goes to Bosnian
Mirza Teletovic (206-F-85) from Caja
Laboral Vitoria. Teletovic led the team from Spain to reach Euroleague
Quarterfinal last season. He was also fourth best scorer with 15.5
points per game.
Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85)
definitely deserved to get All-Europe Center of the year. Toghether with
Chuck Eidson he took part in a great
season for Maccabi Tel-Aviv. He was also voted best center in Euroleague
The second team is also dominated by European player. There is only one
non-European Player - a Panathinaikos icon
Mike Batiste (203-F-77). He is joined
by Greek guard
Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82),
Lester 'Bo' McCalebb (183-PG-85) (American who also has Macedonian citizentship), Russian
Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) who decided
to leave Utah Jazz for CSKA Moscow and Polish center
Maciej Lampe (210-C-85). Unfortunately
Lampe got injured in September and is still not ready to play again.
All-Europeans awards, as in the previous seasons, are dominated by
Europeans plaing in the NBA. Some of them decided to play in Europe
during the lockout, but when it ended they got back to the States.
This year our correspondents had no choice than selecting
Dirk Nowitzki (211-F-78)
as the Player of the Year. The German power forward was the key player
of Dallas Mavericks in winning their first NBA title. Nowitzki was also
named NBA Finals MVP. German star won the Player of the Year award for
the fifht time (previously in 05, 06, 07, 08).
Another NBA player, French
Tony Parker (183-PG-82) is traditionally voted as the
European Point Guard. Parker led French National Team to the European
Championships final in Kaunas, where they were beaten by Spain. He was
third best scorer of the tournament with 22.1 points per game. During
the NBA lockout Parker went to France and played at ASVEL.
Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) is for sure best shooting guard from Europe.
The small forward of the year award goes to
Andrei Kirilenko from CSKA Moscow.
Russian player had an impressive last season. Together with Russian
National Team he won Bronze Medal at Europen Championships in Lithuania.
He was selected to All-Tournament 1st team and voted as the Best
Forward. After NBA lockout ended the Russian star did not accept any of
NBA teams options and decided to stay in CSKA until the end of the year.
In power forward position was named, as previously said, Dallas
Center of the Year is
Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80). The Spanish big man had another
impressive individual season with Lakers (18.2ppg, 9.9rpg), but his team
unexpectedly lost in NBA Western Conference Semifinals against Oklahoma
In the second team we have two Spanish players:
Rudy Fernandez (197-G-85) at
shooting guard position and the younger brother of Pau Gasol -
Marc (212-C-85) as a center.
Dimitris Diamantidis was named the
second best European point guard. At small forward position there is
Nicolas Batum (201-F-88) from Portland TrailBlazers. Italian power forward
Andrea Bargnani (209-F/C-85) closes the 2nd team.
The Eurobasket.com All-European Coach of the Year Award goes to Serbian
Zeljko Obradovic , who lead
Panathinaikos Athens to the championship titles in both Euroleague and
Greek League. Obradovic was already voted by Eurobasket.com
correspondents as the Coach of the Year in 2002 and 2009.
Eurobasket.com All-Europe Awards 2011 - only
players, who played in Europe in 2011 (both domestic and imports). There
were over 70 players who received votes in the category
Eurobasket.com All-Europe 2nd Team:
Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85) of Montepaschi Siena
Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82) of Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus (Greece)
Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) of Utah Jazz (NBA) / CSKA Moscow (Russia)
* Kirilenko received smaller number of votes, considering that he played
extremely short period of time this season in Europe, getting injured in
Mike Batiste (203-F-77) of Panathinaikos Athens (Greece) Maciej Lampe (210-C-85) of Unics Kazan (Russia) / Caja Laboral Vitoria
Eurobasket.com All-Europe Honorable Mention:
Fernando San Emeterio (198-F/G-84) of Caja Laboral Vitoria
Erazem Lorbek (209-F/C-84) of Regal FC Barcelona
Nenad Krstic (213-C-83) of Boston Celtics (NBA) / CSKA Moscow (Russia)
Jeremy Pargo (188-PG-86) of Maccabi Electra (Israel) / Memphis Grizzlies
Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83) of Valencia B.C. (Spain) / Anadolu Efes (Turkey)
Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) of Panathinaikos (Greece) / EA7 Emporio Armani (Italy)
Jaycee Carroll (188-PG-83) of Gran Canaria 2014 (Spain) / Real Madrid (Spain)
Romain Sato (194-G/F-81) of Panathinaikos Athens
Keith Langford (193-G/F-83) of BC Khimky (Russia) / Maccabi Electra (Israel)
Milan Macvan (206-C-89) of Maccabi Electra (Israel) / Partizan MT:S
Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Awards 2011 - only
Europeans, including these, who played in Europe or overseas in 2011
All-Europeans 1st Team 2011
Player of the Year:
Dirk Nowitzki (211-F-78) of Dallas Mavericks (NBA) Point Guard of the Year:
Tony Parker (183-PG-82) of San Antonio Spurs (NBA) / Villeurbanne (France) Shooting Guard of the Year:
Juan Carlos Navarro of Regal FC Barcelona (Spain) Small Forward of the Year:
Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) of Utah Jazz (NBA) / CSKA Moscow (Russia) Power Forward of the Year:
Dirk Nowitzki (211-F-78) of Dallas Mavericks (NBA) Center of the Year:
Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) of Los Angeles Lakers (NBA)
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